Friday, July 21, 2017

Drowning in Russellville 1904

July 21, 1904 Lawrenceville Republican Last Wednesday morning about 8 o’clock James Cowden and two sons were fishing at the place known as Turkey Run, about 2 ½ miles north of Russellville.  As they went up the stream they noticed some dead object in the river. Supposing it to be a dumb brute they attempted to push it from the brush to float downstream. They were horrified to find that it was the body of a boy about 12 years old. An inquest was held and the body could not be identified. 

After arrangements for burial had been made, word was received from the mother of the child, stating that the boy had been drowned eight days before, and she had given up all hope of his being found. Being poor, her neighbors furnished the means for her to come. She was accompanied by a boy about 16 years old and arrived at the river where there was a crowd of about 50 persons. The body was raised from the river and she said the child was hers. The body had floated 98 miles. It was lowered in a box and was taken downstream behind a skiff and was buried in the cemetery at Russellville at 11 o’clock that night.   Friends and neighbors saw that means were furnished for the mother's return home.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Merchants in 1953

Our staff photographer I. Jackman decided to take some photos of ads for merchants in 1953.  Do you remember any of these businesses?  





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hayride in Lawrenceville

Early entertainment in Lawrenceville
(The photo is not dated and the people are not identified.)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hit by a Shovel in the Smeller

March 18, 1881 Western Sun Newspaper by the Russellville correspondent:  
 The harmony of our place has oft been annoyed by a Jones family who reside in the lower part of town. The final riot occurred yesterday when the old lady Jones, armed with women’s successful war munition, the shovel, attacked George J., her husband, while yet in bed, and colored this side of his smeller. George arose and reciprocated, injuring one of the old woman’s jaws slightly. Thereupon the old lady applied to the town judiciary to imprison George for battering her. The town dads drew up an article of agreement in which they, George J. and wife, each agreed to separate and fight no more. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Students at Brick School 1891-

Since the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire, genealogists have turned to other primary sources to determine names and ages of children, as well as when a family may have moved into the area.  The children listed below lived within walking distance of Brick School on Allison Prairie. Some of their parents owned property, others were day laborers and lived on the farms of their employers. This school would have been the end of many of the children's education. 

Information from Teacher’s Record Book for Brick School in Russell Township

1891-92 A.C. Hentz  term-7 months beginning 8/31 and ending 3/31 (147 days)  
Students with ages: Frank Keifner 12, Earl Bishop 11, Chas. Benson 11, Evie Jellison 12, May Gillum 14, T. J. Benson 16, Wm. Benson 17,  Lewis Benson 18, Pearl Crews 12, Leslie Wolfe 15,  Evaline McCleave 14, R. R. Gerhart 11, George Gerhart 13, Clara Wolfe 13, James McCleave 16, Isaac McCleave 18, Renzo D. Gillum 12, Myrtle McCleave 11, Eliza McCleave 10, Clara Hart  9, Cleo Bishop 9, Edna Hart 7, Edith Gerhart 8, Joe Crews 9, Clint Benson  9, Roy Gordon 8, Evan Jellison 7, Ida Pinkstaff  9, Herb Keifner 9, Lettie McCleave 7, Roscoe Gordon 9, Hershell Pinkstaff 6, Squire Gordon 7, Cliff Crews 5, Ora Wolfe 5, Albert Ranbarger 7.  

1892-93 A.C. Hentz  Term started 9/5 and ended 4/7  (148 days)
Students with ages: Leslie Wolfe 16, Evie Jellison 13, Pearl Crews 13, Minta Crews 16, Clara Wolfe 15, Frank Keifner 12 (moved), Eva McCleave 15, Earl Bishop 11, Thos. J. Benson 16, Wm. Benson 18, May Gillum 1, Cleo Bishop 9 (moved), Renzo Gillum 13, Clara Hart 11, Edna Hart 8, Clint Benson 10, Roy Gordon 8, Myrtle McCleave 12, Eliza McCleave 11, Evan Jellison 8, Lettie McCleave 8, Ida Pinkstaff 10, Cliff Crews 7, Ruth Hart 6, Roscoe Gordon 10, Hershel Pinkstaff 7, Pearl Smith 8, Ora Wolfe 7, Squire Gordon 7, Santa Gordon 6, Gracie McCleave 5, Dock Benson 6. 

1893-94 John O. Henry Term began on 9/4
Students with ages:  Roy Curry 12, Clara Hart 12, Edna Hart 9, Myrtle McCleave 12, Eliza McCleave 11, Renzo Gillum 14, Clint Benson 11, Ida Pinkstaff 11, Lettie McCleave 9, Adam Jellison 8, Cliff Crews 7, Ruth Hart 7, Roscoe Gordon 10, Roy Gordon 12, Santa Gordon 7,  Hershel Pinkstaff 7, Ora Wolfe 7 Grace McCleave 7, Dock Benson 7, Pearl Smith 7, Joseph Crews 11, Evert Piety, Lulu Curry 6, Oka Pinkstaff 6, Squire Gordon 8.

1894-95 Nina O. Buchanan
Students with ages:  Evie Jellison 14, Pearl Crews 15, May Gillum 16, Clara Wolfe 16, Roy Curry 14, Charles Benson 14, Thomas Benson 18, William Benson 19, Renzo Gillum 15, Eliza McCleave 13, Clara Hart 13, Edna Hart 10, Lettie McCleave, Adam Jellison 10, Joe Crews 12, Clinton Benson 12, Ida Pinkstaff 12, Clifford Crews 8, Ruth Hart 7, Evert Piety 14 (moved), Ora Wolfe, Lula Curry 7, Grace McCleave 7, Pearl Smith 12, Dock Benson 8, Hershel Pinkstaff  9, Santa Gordon 8, Oka Pinkstaff 7, Squire Gordon 9, Arthur Loyd 11 (moved), Robbie Slaughter 6 (moved), Hester McCleave 6. 

1895-96 T.S. Gerhart   Term started 9/2 and ended 3/28
Students with ages:  Eva Jellison 15, Pearl Crews 16, Matilda Gillum 17, Clara Hart 14, Chas. Benson 15, L. Gillum 16, Wm Benson 20, Eliza McCleave 14, Leroy Gordon 11, Adam Jellison 10, Clinton Benson 13, Lettie McCleave 11, Joseph Crews 13, Edna Hart 10, Clifford Crews 9, Ida Pinkstaff 13, Grace McCleave 8, Loren Gerhart 10, Ruth Hart 8, James Gordon 10, Winnie Sanders 12, Pearl Smith 12, Elwood Benson 9, Roscoe Gordon 13, Ora Wolfe 9, Catherine Sanders 13, Saniford Gordon 9, Ann Sanders 12, Hershel Pinkstaff 10, Oka Pinkstaff 8, Hester McCleave  6, Elizabeth Gerhart  6, Mary Sanders 8, Aurie Price 7, Eva Sanders 10, Ann Waddle 7, Leonard Sanders 6, Lafayette Smith 10, Martin Sanders 7, Sarah Starret 8.

Ed Note:  Remember one teacher, one room..Grades 1-8.  (If you want to see your ancestor's grades, please stop by the History Center.) If you haven't purchased the book about Lawrence County Schools, Readin', 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic you may order one here (page 2 at the website shop). 



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Updates at the Society

Some items recently donated to the Society.  Many other items are being catalogued. 
 L Diver: Bunker Hill photographs, Lanker Family Tree file,
G. Parrot: yearbooks 1965,1967,1968
B Foster: metal miniature collectibles of civil war soldiers
J Denison:  three books, a SNAFU, the History of Edwards Dobbins Lodge, and the History of Edwards, Lawrence and Crawford Counties.
L Fisher: 1920 calendar
Family of V Boatman: 2 books- The Texaco Story
J Polk:  photographs of two WWI soldiers

Did you know that Jack Polk makes our turkey quill writing pens.  If you want to give a unique gift to your grandchildren, give them a pen and a bottle of ink. The pens are for sale at the History Center-$10.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Causes of Death of Children

Rose R. is once again working on obituaries for the various cemeteries.  Recently she compiled those for Price and Tewalt cemetery in Russell Township. 

The researchers who read these obituaries are moved by the fact that so many babies and small children died before modern medicine.  As I read the death records of these tiny souls on our website for Centerville cemetery,  I see causes of death……. diphtheria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, appendicitis, cholera, whooping cough, and one particularly interesting one….According to Dr. Dailey’s notes on the death record:   "Infant Bennett died one day after being born of prolonged labor; Death was caused by severe burns because the nurse held the baby too near the fire to warm it."

But not all children died of disease. Some died of accidents. Life was hard.

From the Salina Kansas Daily Republican October 8, 1891 Yesterday evening Earl Crews, son of a wealthy farmer in Lawrence County, Illinois, while hunting with the Winchester rifle passed the field where his father's hired man was drilling wheat. He got onto the drill. They had driven but a few feet when the gun slid down and was discharged. The ball struck him in the forehead and passed through the brain, producing instant death. The funeral of little Earl occurred Wednesday afternoon. The funeral was largely attended; his school of which E. Barton was the teacher, closed for the funeral. Schoolmates and cousins of the deceased acted as pallbearers. 

 Another child lies who lies at Centerville in an unmarked grave  was Mary Vea Rowe, who died of ptomaine poisoning from eating ice cream that was not pure.  She was 14.